We Ain’t Afraid to Sing a World

I’d like to teach the world to sing

In perfect harmony

I am lyric, rhythm

Melody

The dissonance within

Is the sultry sound of

Global soul

We Africana people

We ain’t afraid to sing a world

Nurtured from the root

With rhizomes that heal us

Deliver us to

Radical health

We be made well

By the dissonance

Of lamented souls

Remembered in song

Rescued from abandonment

Never forgotten or forsaken

In those hollow bellies

Resides a hunger

That rumbles in harmony

Rejecting man’s inhumanity to man

All the unnecessary evils

And elevates haunted voices with

Deep connections

Sound sinews

Shut up in the marrow of our bones

No, we ain’t afraid to sing a world!

 

About the Poem:

From Biblical antiquity to modernity, music has served as a way of creating harmony in our world by resisting and responding to social injustices. In the face of these injustices, protest music has been the combat rhythm of the fight for civil and human rights. I wrote this poem as a Psalmist to communicate my creative vision of Global Soul as a catalyst for global healing. Global Soul is the sound of the voices singing prophetically to traumatic wounds. It’s about the journey of the soul’s liberation. Global Soul as liberation music is a catalyst for healing around the globe.



Sharon Kimberly Williams is an arts and letters doctoral candidate in The Caspersen Graduate School of Drew University where she is pursuing the doctor of letters (D.Litt.) degree in the Studies in Religion and the Fine Arts. Her research interests include Spirituality and Healing in the Arts and Music Therapy in Biblical Antiquity.  The themes of pain, love, beauty, and lament that occur in her writing are based on her studies in the fields of music and theology, Africana poetics, and Hebrew poetry. Sharon has performed music and poetry all around the world. Currently, she is working on publishing her first collection of poetry entitled, Breath|Voice|Fire. Sharon serves as a contributor to Harvard Medical School’s Global Health Catalyst, an initiative that advocates for eliminating global health disparities. She resides in Madison, New Jersey.